TOFS XI vs FC Geordie Charity Football Match
Sunday 19th August 1.30pm
Gedling Miners Welfare Club, Nottingham NG3 5RH
Local couple Andy and Caroline Carlin have arranged with Gedling’s finest footballers to play in a charity football match to raise money for Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula Support (TOFS), a Nottingham charity which supports children and adults who were born unable to swallow.
Andy and Caroline’s daughter Poppy was born with TOF in August 2017. This means Poppy was born unable to swallow, and has already undergone numerous operations in her short life.
The Carlin family have called upon local people to come and support the charity football match. They have also gathered coveted items for a raffle after the match, These include fantastic prizes from local groups and businesses such as football tickets, cricket tickets, theatre tickets, a family ice skating pass, garden furniture, and so much more still to come.
Andy says TOFS is a very poignant charity for him and his wife Caroline. “Because of Poppy, TOFS is obviously a charity close to our hearts. It’s great to be able to do something to support the work the charity does for anyone who has been affected by this extremely rare condition.
“Our charity football match event is our way of giving something back. Team mates old and new are being very generous with their time, and we are only charging £2 entry to come and watch us. Obviously, voluntary donations are warmly welcomed. Please do come along and enjoy the event.”
Andy and Caroline are well on course for reaching their fundraising target. See Andy and Caroline’s online fundraising page here.
The match will take place at Gedling Miners Welfare Club. FC Geordie is a local mens’ club from Calverton. Kick-Off is at 2pm, and the raffle will take place in the clubhouse after the game. TOFS’ President Christine Shepherd will give a short talk about TOFS.
Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (TOF) and Oesophageal Atresia (OA) are rare congenital conditions of the oesophagus (food pipe) and/or trachea (airway) that affect one in every 3,500 babies. Babies born with TOF/OA need to have intensive neo-natal care prior to corrective surgery, normally within days of birth. For more information visit www.tofs.org.uk.